Yup, that’s right. The OB Rag’s own columnist, the Widder Curry, has made the news. Judi Curry – who lives in southern OB – was interviewed by Channel 10 News after she called them to recount her story of being victimized by a “Catfish” scheme. She went to the local TV station in order to warn other women about the risks of “online dating”.
Here’s part of the story by Jennifer Jensen, with links to the full article.
Local woman duped by love in ‘catfish’ scam – She warns women to be leery on free dating sites
At 74 years old, she thought she had found love again, but instead a local woman may have been part of an elaborate scam. Judi Curry contacted 10News after being “catfished” or duped into believing she was chatting online with someone pretending to be someone else. She says her story should send a message for women who are looking for love on free online dating sites.
From her living room in Sunset Cliffs, Curry told 10News that she felt as if she had found love again. “I love you more with each passing day. Hugs and kisses,” she read from an online letter written to her. She thought she had been chatting online and on the phone with a man from Imperial Beach named Thomas Radcliff. She had never met him in person, but through their conversations, he had swept her off her feet.
“The love letters he sent me were absolutely beautiful,” she said. “They had said everything that any woman would want to hear. He said it very convincingly.”
Curry lost her husband, Bob, to lung cancer four years ago. She still wears his wedding ring around on a gold chain around her neck. They had been married for 46 years, so understandably, hearing such kind words and feeling wanted felt good. “I just felt wanted,” she said. “I felt like he really cared, and I was had.”
She quickly realized she was part of what is known as a “catfish” scam, where someone who pretends to be someone they are not uses social media to pursue deceptive online romances. Curry became suspicious when Radcliff called her by the wrong name. “‘Hugs and kisses, I love you more Paula,’” she said. But her name is not Paula, it is Judi.
Radcliff’s and Curry’s conversations abruptly ended not long after.
For the full story, go here.